Weeping Bottle Brush tree in Browns Avenue Enmore

Weeping Bottle Brush tree in Browns Avenue Enmore

Marrickville Council has given notice that they intend to remove a Weeping Bottle Brush (Callistemon viminalis) outside 18 Browns Avenue Enmore.

They give the following reasons for removal –

  • “Active crack in main trunk causing the tree to be structurally unsound.
  • The tree poses an unacceptable level of risk to the public & property.”

Council says they will replace this tree with a Spotted Gum (Corymbia maculata) as part of the 2015 Street Tree Planting Program.

I looked at this tree & wondered why Marrickville Council chose removal of a healthy mature tree rather than doing some arborism work to retain the tree.

It appears to me that the one of the trunks could be pruned to reduce weight & the crack made safe by bracing it. Cables could also be used if necessary.  If Council can do it for a massive heavy Fig tree in Camperdown Park, then it should be a breeze for a light tree such as this one.

It costs Marrickville Council a minimum of $1,000 to plant a street tree, plus the costs to remove the old tree.  I wondered whether it would it cost the same or less to have the tree managed rather than removed & why removing the tree appears to be option one.   Still, the Spotted gum is a great tree for biodiversity & will reach a greater height than this Weeping Bottle Brush.

The Spotted Gum is a tall growing tree with a straight trunk native to open forest in Queensland, New South Wales & Victoria. It has smooth white, grey or pink bark with attractive spotty patches. It produces small, white flowers from winter to spring offering food for wildlife.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 27th March 2015.

Showing the crack.  Removing the girdle root would also help this tree.

Showing the crack. Removing the girdle root would also help this tree.

 

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